Over ear wired headphones for £100 - £150

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edited January 13 in Off Topic
i have £100 - £150 to spend on headphones and I don’t know what to buy. 

So, what is the best over ear wired headphones for £100 or under?
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  • MayneheadMaynehead Frets: 1118
    The most expensive pair of Sennheisers you can find for under £100.
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  • simonksimonk Frets: 1006
    Audio Technica ATH-M40x.
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6251
    Open or closed back?

    Do you have a particular sound signature you like from headphones?  E.g. bass heavy, or more neutral studio type etc.

    Any other requirements such as cable length or impedance (the intended playback device would determine this to an extent)?


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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5188
    edited January 2
    Open or closed back?

    Do you have a particular sound signature you like from headphones?  E.g. bass heavy, or more neutral studio type etc.

    Any other requirements such as cable length or impedance (the intended playback device would determine this to an extent)?

    Closed back please!!!

     
    I'd like a neutral studio type sound.

    Cable length isn't important.  I don't know what impedance is, but I will be listening to music on my computer, iPod, iPhone and hifi.  
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  • Presonus HD7’s are excellent and not just at their price point, way under your budget as well.
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  • RobDaviesRobDavies Frets: 1638
    You can pick up a pair of AKG K550 headphones for around the £100 mark - not heard them but they are supposed to be the absolute business.  
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6251
    edited January 2
    Open or closed back?

    Do you have a particular sound signature you like from headphones?  E.g. bass heavy, or more neutral studio type etc.

    Any other requirements such as cable length or impedance (the intended playback device would determine this to an extent)?

    What's the main difference between open and closed back?  Any advantages of one over the other?
     
    I'd like a neutral studio type sound.

    Cable length isn't important.  I don't know what impedance is, but I will be listening to music on my computer, iPod, iPhone and hifi.  

    Closed back are better for when you need to be as quiet as possible, as the open back design will leak sound. 

    Sonically closed back headphones tend to be more bass heavy and also less flat. Open back headphones tend to be flatter but it does still depend on the drivers themselves too. Wearing for long periods open back feels nicer to me, less claustrophobic.

    The most neutral headphones can actually sound a little thin as most people are used to a fairly big bass boost from headphones.

    Simplistically and in general a lower impedance means it’ll be louder from a typical source, which matters if the source isn’t powerful. A lot of headphones designed for use with phones/mp3 players are low impedance for this reason. Most commercial headphones aimed at this market will already be suitable.

    Personally I like Beyerdynamic headphones. I have DT770s (closed) DT880s (open and flat) and DT990s (open and with increased low end).

    They all have the same ear cups and I find them to be very comfortable for extended wear periods which is the main reason I have them. Sonically they have a treble forward family sound which can be divisive, especially if you prefer a darker treble (Sennheiser would generally be a company with darker treble but as with anything it varies by model).

    Personally I like the 990s for casual listening, they’re currently a hair over your budget at £104. But at 250 ohms they won’t get super loud with an iPod or iPhone, which may or may not be an issue, depends how loud you want to go. The lower ohm versions are more expensive and way over budget currently, as are all the DT880 pairs.


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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6251
    Ah I've seen you've edited your post since I replied.

    If you want closed back I'll be honest and say I wouldn't pick the Beyerdynamic DT770s as my only listening headphone.  They're a great studio headphone because they block out a lot of sound, and are comfy to wear for hours at a time.  But the issue for casual listening with a flat sound preference is they're (IMO) a little too recessed in the upper mids relative to how bright the treble goes which can make some vocals less enjoyable to listen to.  

    This graph tool can be quite useful, they have a number of headphones measured.  Nothing will be dead flat (neither are your ears) but you can get an idea of the broad differences between models using it.

    http://graphs.headphone.com/
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5188
    edited January 2
    @guitarfishbay - thanks iI will check those out.  I'm leaning towards the Beyerdynamic DT770 more than any suggestions, although the Audio-Technica ATH-M40X look interesting for a cheaper option.  


    I would probably go for closed back as I listen to a lot of music late at night when other people are in bed, so I don't want sound leaking out in that respect.
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  • Musical Fidelity MF-200's

    They absolutely wipe the floor with anything at the price...

    Check 'em out. 
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  • stevebrumstevebrum Frets: 3329
    edited January 2
    I’d recommend AKG Y50’s I have a pair and sometimes listen to music next to my wife in bed at night. She’s never complained of sound leaking.

    https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/audio-and-headphones/headphones/headphones/akg-y50-headphones-black-10026311-pdt

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  • Akg. I've got some and they're great.

    I also have some sennheiser ones that are great, but wearing out. 
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5188
    stevebrum said:
    I’d recommend AKG Y50’s I have a pair and sometimes listen to music next to my wife in bed at night. She’s never complained of sound leaking.

    https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/audio-and-headphones/headphones/headphones/akg-y50-headphones-black-10026311-pdt

    Yes I saw those in Curry's today, didn't think of trying them out though.  I'll call in again on the weekend.  
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  • BloodEagleBloodEagle Frets: 2740
    Those AKGs are fantastic, got a pair and they’re great 
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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 11506
    edited January 2
    The Grado SR 60e are pretty good. They're about £75.

    https://www.soundguys.com/grado-prestige-series-sr60e-review-1644/
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2258
    Superlux from Thomann. Way way under your budget. Seriously good kit for peanuts. Buy some before they realise just how good they are...
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5188
    Rocker said:
    Superlux from Thomann. Way way under your budget. Seriously good kit for peanuts. Buy some before they realise just how good they are...
    What model, matey?
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5188
    Looks like it's currently Y50s vs DT770s.   

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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 172
  • RaymondLinRaymondLin Frets: 3342
    Closed back
    Studio monitors
    Neutral sounding 
    Good quality
    Under £100

    Objectively there is actually a correct answer to this, the Sony MDR-7506 (or V6).  It is used in studios all over the world for good reasons. 

    I have a pair they are great, and I can compare them to my Sennheiser HD600/580, momentum, Sony MDR-1000, Sennheiser HD-II 25 and I often just use the Sony 7506.
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  • LooseMooseLooseMoose Frets: 658
    Rocker said:
    Superlux from Thomann. Way way under your budget. Seriously good kit for peanuts. Buy some before they realise just how good they are...
    This. Available on Amazon too - fantastic value for money.
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  • LooseMooseLooseMoose Frets: 658
    Oh and I got the HD681B and am very happy indeed.
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2258
    Rocker said:
    Superlux from Thomann. Way way under your budget. Seriously good kit for peanuts. Buy some before they realise just how good they are...
    What model, matey?
    I got HD681, amazing sound quality for the price.
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5188
    Ahh there's too many options!
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  • AliGorieAliGorie Frets: 240
    edited January 2
    Sennheiser Pro HD25 ii 70 ohm
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  • RaymondLinRaymondLin Frets: 3342
    AliGorie said:
    Sennheiser Pro HD25 ii 70 ohm
    I have a pair of those, the MDR 7506 IMO is better.
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5188
    AliGorie said:
    Sennheiser Pro HD25 ii 70 ohm
    I have a pair of those, the MDR 7506 IMO is better.
    Could you compare the MDR 7506 to any of the other headphoens in this thread @RaymondLin?
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  • RaymondLinRaymondLin Frets: 3342
    AliGorie said:
    Sennheiser Pro HD25 ii 70 ohm
    I have a pair of those, the MDR 7506 IMO is better.
    Could you compare the MDR 7506 to any of the other headphoens in this thread @RaymondLin?
    There are no bad headphones recommended in this thread but if you want neutral and studio quality, there is only 1 candidate IMO and that’s the 7506.

    All the others are coloured in one way or the other, Grado SR60 for example is great but it’s open, it’s small cup on ear and has its own character.  Good headphones but not studio headphones, hence you won’t find them in studios.

    look up the wiki page for 7506 and you’ll see what I mean, they are industry standard and for good reasons.
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5188
    AliGorie said:
    Sennheiser Pro HD25 ii 70 ohm
    I have a pair of those, the MDR 7506 IMO is better.
    Could you compare the MDR 7506 to any of the other headphoens in this thread @RaymondLin?
    There are no bad headphones recommended in this thread but if you want neutral and studio quality, there is only 1 candidate IMO and that’s the 7506.

    All the others are coloured in one way or the other, Grado SR60 for example is great but it’s open, it’s small cup on ear and has its own character.  Good headphones but not studio headphones, hence you won’t find them in studios.

    look up the wiki page for 7506 and you’ll see what I mean, they are industry standard and for good reasons.
    Thanks Raymond.
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